Picking up the pieces

A photo essay on the devastation and rebuilding efforts after the recent tornados in Naplate and Ottawa.

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Kyle Russell

Residents face challenges as strong winds blew items ranging from sticks to license plates across properties.

Kyle Russell, Senior Photographer

Kyle Russell
A volunteer helps repair the roof of a damaged church. The community has come together, led by churches and organizations like the American Red Cross to participate in the long healing process facing the affected area.

 

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IL Governor Bruce Rauner gives a grieving resident a hug on his visit to the area where he promised state aid for use in rebuilding.

 

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A tearful resident holds her dog close to her as a cameraman from a news network records the damage.

 

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The head of a statue of Christ appears to cry thanks to a streak of dirt under his eye as a result of the storm.
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